Marshall Foundation Scholars Program


THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL RESEARCH LIBRARY in Lexington, Virginia, announces a unique research and writing opportunity for undergraduate students.


  • To give undergraduate students studying history at select institutions an opportunity to undertake research and writing projects using the research library’s rich and vast holdings of primary sources.
  • Scholars may choose topics in twentieth-century diplomatic, military, or political history from 1898 to 1960—the approximate dates of George C. Marshall’s public service—that can be supported, in large part, by the collections of primary source records that reside in the archives.
  • Scholars who write about a subject relating to George C. Marshall’s service with the army or government are eligible for the Larry I. Bland Scholars Prize.


  • Interested students should submit an application. Applicants must be a declared a history major/minor.
  • Students should plan to undertake a substantial research paper of approximately 20-25 pages, but proposals for shorter papers of at least 8 pages will also be considered.
  • Students are required to make arrangements with their faculty advisor or course instructor to determine appropriate course credit for their work.
  • Spring applications must be received no later than January 28, 2019. Fall applications must be received no later than September 23, 2019.

Period of Scholarship

  • Upon acceptance of a student’s application, the student will be admitted to candidacy status to conduct research at his/her convenience throughout the fall and/or spring semester.
  • Papers may be completed in conjunction with a regular course, independent study, or an honors thesis.
  • All spring semester and year-long research papers must be submitted by May 15, 2019. All fall semester research papers must be submitted by December 20, 2019.


  • Monetary awards for the top 3 papers: 1st – $250, 2nd – $150, 3rd – $100.
  • Designation as a Marshall Foundation Scholar upon successful completion of the program.
  • Larry I. Bland Scholars Prize – awarded to the best research paper on a topic relating to George C. Marshall. The paper will be considered for publication in the foundation’s official magazine, Marshall.


The research library’s resources include:

  • George C. Marshall’s own papers and the personal papers of many of Marshall’s associates from the military and government.
  • Other subject strengths include: arms control, China, cryptology, Homefront, U.S. (WWII), Korean War, military intelligence, NATO, propaganda, Women’s Army Corps.
  • Specialized library of over 30,000 volumes, as well as thousands of photographs, maps, and posters of the period.


  • For more information, including examples of previous papers, or to submit an application please contact Jeffrey Kozak, Director of Library and Archives, by email at or by phone at 540-463-7103 ext. 122.


  • To complete the online application please click here